Roger Ackert, the band's Principal Alto Saxophone, has a bachelor's degree in music from the Oberlin Conservatory, a master's degree in performance and composition from Northern Illinois University, and a music degree from the U.S. Navy School of Music. Ackert is skilled in the woodwinds family, with emphasis on the Clarinet, Saxophone and Oboe. Ackert’s first performance on Saxophone was at the age of twelve on the Totem Club on WTTW in Chicago. Ackert joined the Musicians Union at the age of sixteen and performed in park district concerts and the opening ceremonies of the first two McCormick Places with the Armand Hand Band, was principal Clarinet in the Nordic Philharmonic at North Park College, co-
On Saxophone, Ackert performed in backup bands for major acts at the Metro Center, such as the Pointer Sisters, Dion Warwick, Bob Hope, George Burns and Linda Carter. Ackert has performed in many other combo groups all over the Midwest, performing in theater orchestras including Stage Coach Theater, has been on tours with Mike Embry Productions and is Lead Alto Saxophone with the Shananigans Big Band. Ackert performed in local groups such as the Fox Valley Concert Band and the Kishwaukee Concert Band. The Kishwaukee Concert Band premiered his composition "The Fall of Baghdad", which he conducted.
Ackert has performed with the DeKalb Municipal Band since 1963.